3DEXPERIENCE – A New Year’s Resolution for Education

Hover Bike Entry xChallenge by Kunal Jain & FRC 5422 Stormgears using 3DEXPERIENCE Platform &  SOLIDWORKS xDesign app.

My 2020 New Year’s Resolution is to learn how the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud-based business platform will help educators, students, and researchers share new ideas, collaborate on projects, and connect the product development process from design, through manufacturing to delivery.

Through a series of 2020 blog posts, I will introduce new innovations in Dassault Systemes technology, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, and the connection to SOLIDWORKS, as all are relevant in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and in the research laboratory.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will be available to educational institutions later this year.  My colleague John put together this short story video on how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is used for a senior design project.

You can read more about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform here.

My Background. Teaching SOLIDWORKS at Mass Bay Community College in 1998 changed my life, the lives of my students, and their future employers.  I taught Engineering Design, Engineering Mechanics, Physics and Calculus with a focus on projects in easy to use PC-based 3D CAD software.  Starting a local SOLIDWORKS Users Group allowed my students to receive great jobs as companies adapted SOLIDWORKS. Google was founded in 1998.

I joined the SOLIDWORKS Education Team in 2005.  We had 200,000 students using SOLIDWORKS.  With the help of an amazing Early Engagement team, 15 years later we have over 10 million students that have learned SOLIDWORKS, 1000’s of start-ups, and over 400,000 Certified Users. Facebook was founded in 2004.

Platforms. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon have developed both innovation and transaction platforms.  Examples of innovation platforms are: Google Android, Apple IOS, Amazon AWS (Amazon Web services), IBM Watson, Microsoft Azure to name a few.  Examples of transaction platforms are: Google Play, Uber, Amazon Marketplace, Apple App store, Twitter, LinkedIn, Trip Advisor, etc.  My engineering interns and all students are very familiar with the use of platforms.

Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE is a hybrid business cloud-based platform that is both an innovation and transaction platform.  As our CEO Bernard Charles stated, “DS provides business & people with 3DEXPERIENCE universes to imagine sustainable innovation capable of harmonizing produce, nature and life.” As a science and engineering software company, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is providing interconnected tools across multiple technologies.

Boeing, P&G, and Toyota  are presently using this platform along with midsize, smaller, and startup businesses.  As the global workforce of the future, students, with hours of experience using Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple platforms will get jobs at companies that use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Students are integral part of the 3DEXPERIENCE universe.

SOLIDWORKS VAR, CADMES introduces FRCTeam Rembrandts and FTC Netherlands teams to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with SOLIDWORKS xDesign, making the connection to local industry.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows students to collaborate in real time, track tasks, and design in 3D. There is also a direct connection to SOLIDWORKS software.

Cloud-based. From my Apple iPhone or any device, through a web browser, I can access the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Data is shared securely and managed through the platform.  I belong to 3DSymn 3DS SOLIDWORKS community at work.  I can post ideas, review models, and comment anywhere I travel,  at anytime.

Applications (apps). As in all platforms (like your smart phone), there are software applications called, “apps.”

Major Apps include:

  • Business Innovation for file management and administration
  • Industry Innovation for task scheduling
  • 3D Creator for mechanical parts and assemblies
  • 3D Sculptor for organic shapes


MySolidWorks. My first step is to learn more about these apps.  Luckily, there is a series of Learning Paths on My SolidWorks developed by our Documentation Team.  To begin, I’ll start with Business Innovation and Industry Innovation learning paths.

Business Innovation, the foundation of 3DEXPERIENCE platform, digitally connects a community of students and educators across the product development process.

Industry Innovation provides engineering teams an essential set of apps for real-time, secure and structured collaboration on product content.

Upcoming Innovations.  This year, I will share with you a summary of the Business innovation and Industry Innovation apps and how they are used throughout the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.   More apps will follow.  3D Sculptor app is a 3D subdivision modeling application that enables industrial designers, engineers, and artists to create stylized ergonomically or organically shaped models. 3D Creator app enables designers and engineers to create, review, and evaluate 3D designs.  Both apps are connected through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

2020 is going to be an exciting year.  Happy New Year! Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard